Post PhD Research Fellow at University of Surrey

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in molecular biology at University of Surrey, UK. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 2 years. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Systems Biology group of Dr. Matteo Barberis at the University of Surrey, to investigate how genes are switched on and off, at the right time, throughout the cell division cycle. We are focusing on transcription factors and their targets, many of which we have recently discovered that control cell cycle and metabolic pathways (Mondeel et al. 2019, NAR, 47, 7825). In particular, we aim to elucidate the dynamic activation and regulation of Forkhead transcription factors, and their cell cycle and metabolic target genes, for a timely cell cycle progression. Therefore, the post holder will ideally combine classical biochemical, genetic, cell-biological and cell-imaging methods (e.g. Linke et al. 2017, Nature NPJ Systems Biology and Applications, 3, 7), if necessary with global approaches (e.g. Mondeel et al. 2019, Nucleic Acids Research, 47, 7825) in budding yeast.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly-motivated and committed scientist with a PhD/DPhil, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil in biochemistry, molecular biology or related field. Significant laboratory experience in molecular biology techniques, protein and DNA techniques, and gene expression techniques is essential, with a demonstrable experience of following and adapting protocols and selecting appropriate experimental methodologies. Previous experience with genomics and bioinformatics analyses is a great plus. Candidates should have demonstrated research excellence using experimental approaches to study gene regulation, documented in peer-reviewed journals preferably in cell cycle biology.

Fluent English both spoken and written is required. Excellent communication skills, and a capacity to work in autonomy and in a team are essential. Participation in national and international collaborations is expected.

We offer to work in an international, interdisciplinary team of highly-motivated scientists where you are encouraged to develop your own ideas. Our laboratory is located at the beautiful campus of the University of Surrey, a top 10 UK University close to London. The University of Surrey is internationally recognized for its research in Systems Biology, and the candidate could engage in internal and external collaborations established in the group. We also provide a generous benefits package including final salary pension scheme, relocation provision, and access to world-class leisure facilities.

Full funding for the position is available for 2 years, although application to national and international fellowship programs will be encouraged for extending the term.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Matteo Barberis (

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